The National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), a constituency group of the National League of Cities (NLC), is preparing for its annual Lobby Day on Capitol Hill during the Congressional Cities Conference in Washington, D.C. March 12-16, 2011. NBC-LEO is the support and advocacy group for African American local elected officials.
On NBC-LEO’s wish list for Lobby Day is the opportunity to meet with the seven new African American members of Congress, Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA), Hanson Clarke (D-MI), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Allen West (R-FL) and Frederica Wilson (D-FL). The plan is to acquaint the newly elected members with the organization’s leadership, history and agenda.
Among NBC-LEO’s leadership set to participate in the activity will be: President, Councilman Michael Johnson, Phoenix, Arizona; President-Elect, Councilwoman Deborah Denard Delgado, Hattiesburg, Mississippi; 1st Vice President, Councilman Ulysses Addison, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; 2nd Vice President, Councilwoman Jacquelyn Johnson, East Orange, New Jersey and Policy Chairman, Councilman Adam McFadden, Rochester, New York.
NBC-LEO is an active member of the National Policy Alliance. On February 8, 2011 President Michael Johnson was among the national leadership who participated in a White House meeting with President Obama and staff in furtherance of the White House’s Outreach to African American organizations. During the meeting, the Alliance addressed priority issues from each member organization.
During the organization’s most recent annual meeting held in Denver, Colorado, NBC-LEO celebrated its 40th anniversary of working “with its members to inform them on issues affecting the African American community” and helping “to devise ways to achieve their community objectives through legislation and direct action.”
According to NBC-LEO President-Elect, Deborah Delgado:
2011 presents great opportunities for the organization under the leadership of our President Michael Johnson to expand our reach in helping to shape national policy. Michael has already had an audience at the White House with President Obama via the National Policy Alliance and is destined to brand NBC-LEO as an integral factor in shaping policy that will help to improve America’s cities and towns in an inclusive way.